U.S. officials said Friday that a RQ-4 Global Hawk flew through the region — the first U.S. aircraft to do so since the skirmish, according to Reuters.
The Russian statement said the awards had been presented by Sergei Shoigu, the country's minister of defense and a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The United States uses MQ-9s for surveillance and carrying out strikes, and has long operated over the Black Sea, keeping an eye on Russian naval forces.
The MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed into the water near Russian-occupied Crimea on Tuesday after its propeller was struck by an Su-27 jet.
This is a clear sign that Russia will keep downing the American drones,
Russia's defence minister Sergei Shoigu presented state awards to the Su-27 pilots who prevented an American MQ-9 drone from violating (Russia's) temporary airspace,
Russia gives awards to fighter pilots involved in US drone crash
Russia to award pilots involved in US spy drone incident over Black Sea
The Jerusalem Post
Russia honors fighter pilots involved in U.S. drone crash incident
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Gloating Russia gives MEDALS to reckless fighter pilots who downed US drone as they find wreckage
⚡️ Министр обороны Российской Федерации генерал армии Сергей Шойгу представил к награждению государственными наградами летчиков самолетов Су-27, предотвративших нарушение американским беспилотным летательным аппаратом MQ-9 границ района временного режима использования воздушного пространства, установленного в целях проведения специальной военной операции. Границы района были доведены …
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